Evelyn Quijas, a Chino Hills high school graduate, received second prize from the International Latino Book and Family Festival for her watercolor book illustrations in the bilingual book Periquito.
Evelyn studied art in high school and took a few courses at Mount San Antonio College. She held part time jobs while going to school and finally had to go to work to support herself.
In 2010, Evelyn got to know children's author Georgette Baker, who invited her to do the artwork cover of a juvenile novel, "Andy and the Gold Mine." This accomplishment and her natural talent and warm, engaging personality helped Evelyn get a job as an art teacher in Chino Hills.
Quijas, now 23, teaches children at Kidsart and continues to work at her passion. Baker was so impressed with Evelyn's style and drawing ability she asked her to work on illustrations for a children's book.
The watercolor drawings "Brought the characters to life and portrayed exactly what I wanted to say in the story," Baker commented.
Evelyn Quijas' name was submitted by the publisher, Cantemos, to the LBFF (Latino Book and Family Festival) as best children's book illustrator. Evelyn, who is of Mexican descent, took 2ndt Place.